Sunday, November 28, 2010

Go Jazz!!!

I love me a good Jazz game. Especially when we win!
Even in the nose bleed section people are still hootin and hollerin. So exciting.

Does this look like $16??? Ugh...


GO JAZZ!!!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Halloween??


*Disclaimer*
Yes, I know Halloween was a month ago and most of you are already filled with Christmas cheer decorating your tree. But October was such a fun month, so bah humbug. Im blogging my favorite holiday anyways. At least its not December yet, right?

Ricker and Cher had their annual Halloween Party and it was one for the books. They made their legendary chili and the most addicting caramel apples ever.
The house was looking extra SppOOoooky this year with Ricker's new fog machine.

We played games and had the annual costume contest. It was so fun!

Here are some of the costumes...

The Avatars looked SO real!!

Peter Pan & Tinker Belle
Mr. Incredible & Syndrome!!

American Gothic.
Roman always thinks of the best costumes!

Frankenstein.
You dont look this good with ordinary face paint. Thats house paint folks.

Ricker's Italian meats

Witch riding her broom:)
King Triton and Ariel
(Have I mentioned how good of a sport my husband is???
Or how hot he looks in gold spandex???)

We cleaned up in the games!! My luckiest year yet:)

The Elders at the party

What a fun party!

The fam also went on the Halloween Cruise down the Provo River. It was really fun.

After the cruise!

We also went to The Haunted Forrest with a bunch of friends.

It was so fun until...
I gave Danny a black eye. Lets just say I spook easily.
Whoops.
Also in October Ricker celebrated his 62nd birthday THEE only way with...

62 POUNDS OF RIBS.
NO JOKE.
GO BIG OR GO HOME.
We love October!!!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Boomer Lionel Smart



Dec. 1991-Nov. 2010

Boomer was born December 1991 in Pleasant Grove, Utah. The Smart Family (Rachel & Roxanne) immediately fell in love and decided/begged Ricker til he caved, to adopt Boomer as one of their own.

Boomer was an especially small pup being a miniature dachsund, on top of that he was runt of the litter. To give you a reference point....

He was small:)

As a young pup Boomer was fortunate to play with his twin brother, Buddy Butterfield, who lived just across the street. He enjoyed running up and down 200 North chasing birds and hunting snakes. At times his 3 inch legs just seemed a blur.

Similar to a cat, Boomer had nine lives. Whether it was taking on a huge German Shepherd or drinking antifreeze, Boomer lived life on the wild side.


Boomer was a very righteous dog praying on his haunches with paws folded at every family prayer. He was also a very giving dog. His favorite thing in winter was laying by the heater vent. When Boldie was born he was glad to scooch a cheek and share the warmth.

Other favorite pastimes include sleeping behind our legs and drinking sugar water from the Christmas tree stand.
Boomer is preceded in death by Buddy Butterfield (brother and fellow wiener dog), Jersey Smart (the cat), & Quillbur Qwilliam Smart (the hedgehog).
Boomer is survived by cousins Boulder William Smart and Stitch Jamal Elder.

Boomer had a very happy disposition and always appeared to be smiling. He was always happy to see you. Boomer Smart was a great companion and will be missed greatly by our family.


R.I.P lil' Boomie:)





Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Timp

This month I have been thinking of all the things I am grateful for in my life.
I feel blessed to be able to look out my classroom window everyday and see this beautiful sight.
Im grateful for mountains.
Especially, Mount Timpanogos.
I took this photo a couple weeks after this semester started because it was such an odd sight. I could hardly recognize the landscape without any snow on it. Timp has snow, at least on it's peaks, almost all year round. There are only a few weeks you will find it looking like this. It looks beautiful, but definitely different.

This is the Timp I recognize. I think we'll be seeing a lot of this in the near future.
Im trying to feel grateful for that too.


Monday, November 1, 2010

From Dust to Glory


Meet the O'Smart Co-Ed Softball Team.
How did we get our interesting team mascot/name?
Our team was made up of 70% O'Smarts.
Which means we had a 30% chance of a successful season.
To put it delicately, we had a rough start to our season.
Our first game I still remember Beetle saying,
"Is this anyone else's first time playing softball?"
More people answered 'Yes,' than I hoped would.

"Struggle," was an understatement of our first few games.
Most teams we played had been together for 5+ years. This game we played the, 'Wall Bangers.' A particularly talented team that more than humbled us. They even had black shirts.
So intimidating.

Though our softball skills were lacking, our jerseys looked good.
RRrrreally good.

So we scheduled extra practices and hit the batting cages.
Coach Ricker was ruthless.
He drilled us til we dropped.
(Im not being dramatic at all, am I?)

Everyone really started improving. It felt good to win a few!
It was common for Danny to smash it over the fence a couple times per game.
Who knew I married The Great Bambino??

It was our team tradition to quench our thirst at Sonic Drive Inn after every game.

Romeskinner leading off first.

The batting order
Danny's goal for the whole season was to climb the fence and snag one that was going over.
That's him on the fence, and he most definitely snagged it!
Roxy was an All-Star catcher. She was quick on her feet to catch those pop-up fowl balls.
Our newest member of the team was born just a few minutes too late for one of our games.
No worries, he was able to make it to our next game.

AnnaBelle was such a great babysitter for all of her cousins.
Millie was a good sport too.

Our awesome Coach Ricker and player #55, Cher Dawg
Me posing with local celeb #3, left fielder for the O'Smarts.

Beetle & Mindy
Rocky & Sarah
Rome & Michelle

We had fans travel thousands of miles to witness an O'Smart softball game.
Die-hards!

Several injuries were inflicted.
Body parts were sacrificed, namely the epidermis, for the sake of the team.
No pain, No gain.
Sliding into home to get that crucial run.

And then there were some of us who tripped on first base and got a mouth full of red dirt and a gnarly butt bruise. I swear my teeth are still gritty.
Also, did I mention I was the only one to get out the whole season because I ran into the ball I had just hit. I didn't even think that was possible??
Maybe next year I should stick to team photographer/water girl...

The Championship Tournament was upon us.
Nerves ran wild. Tension was was thick.
We got our game faces on and were ready to take on anything.
We played excellent and were even able to beat the, 'Wall Bangers.' The above photo shows our score against them! 6-5

Mike snagging an extremely fast line drive.

Meet the 2010 Co-Ed softball champs!
From Dust to Glory!!!
Go O'Smarts!!! Can't wait til next season!!!
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